Holger Czukay, co-founder of Can, dies at 79
German musician Holger Czukay, co-founder and bassist of the krautrock group Can, has passed away at the age of 79. His death was reported on social media Tuesday evening (Sept. 5), and confirmed by a tweet posted by his label, Mute Records.
“Can’t think of anything coherent to say, particularly on twitter, dearest Mr Czukay, you’ll be missed so much. Hilarious genius,” reads the tweet.
According to the Kölner Stadt-Anzeiger newspaper, he was found dead by a neighbour in Can’s studio in Weilerswist, near Cologne. His cause of death is unknown and is subject to a police investigation.
His wife Ursula had died in July, while his former bandmate Jaki Liebezeit – with whom he created Can’s fabled driving rhythm section – also died this year, in January.
Czukay is notable for having created early important examples of ambient music, for having explored “world music” well before the term was coined, and for having been a pioneer of sampling.